Welcome to our beautiful city of white nights!
In June and July in St. Petersburg you can expect a good warm weather and to experience the beauty of famous white nights. The temperature may vary between 15-30 degrees C. Rainy days may occur.
Some practical advices
In St. Petersburg some (usually expensive) shops and restaurants accept payments by credit card. You can also find a lot of cash machines in the city. Normally by cash it is possible to pay only in rubles. In particular, in the city suburbs you can pay only by cash in rubles, and there are no cash mashines. It is advised to take some cash in US dollars and credit cards and change dollars into rubles in St. Petersburg. Travellers cheques are also accepted in banks. There are a lot of exchange offices (in the airport, also in the centre of the city, e.g. at Nevsky prospect). Exchange rates do not differ a lot. You can change almost any currency, but usually you lose more on difference in rates for European currencies than for US dollars. USD and EURO are accepted at any exchange office of the city.
St. Petersburg is a relatively safe city, for instance, more safe than Paris or some other capitals. However, you should be aware of pickpockets. Please keep in mind that you, as a foreigner, will be considered by them as a “rich person”. If you walk after midnight in the city, it is better to be in the company of another participant. However, please remember that the subway is closed after midnight, and ask in your hotel when if it is open during the night.
The simplest way to travel in St. Petersburg is to take the subway. The price for one ride is 45 rubles ($1 is approx. 60 rubles). Please find here map of the subway and two interactive maps of the city: eAtlas.ru and Yell.ru
Images of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is called Venice of the North, and in fact it is the cultural capital of Russia. The magnificent Hermitage and Russian Museum can give a flavour of the cultural image of the city, where you can find a numerous theatres and the famous Russian ballet. For someone more inclined towards nature, the Russian czars residences, for example Pavlovsk, Peterhof , and Pushkin, can offer a pleasant hostage; or alternatively one can take an unforgettable boat trip through river Neva and the city channels.
Here you can see some images, which give a shadow of St. Petersburg beauty.
Russian ballet: “Gizelle” and “Swan Lake” in Mariinsky Theatre
Here is a small part of one of numerous collections of Hermitage:
Titian. Danae. 1446–1453.
Leonardo da Vinci. Madonna Litta. 1490.
Raphael. Madonna Conestabile.1503.
In Russian Museum you can see Russian art from antique icons to the modern paintings: